Disgrace Glossary

"From the fairest creatures we desire increase"

Line from Shakespeare's Sonnet #1


a slaughterhouse


rendezvous; an appointment of time and place for a meeting

balaclava cap

winter headgear shaped like an oversized mitten


Romantic poet best known for his poem's Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; also noted for his passionate and adulterous personal life


agricultural laborer, tenant of a farm


Greek god who married his sister, Rhea; and ate all of his children in order to maintain his throne; Rhea managed to save one of their children, Zeus

cul de sac

a street or passage closed at one end, a blind alley


often mistaken for palms or ferns, plant has large compound leaves and a thick trunk


small to medium-sized antelopes

Emma Bovary

central character in Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary; a doctor's wife who has affairs to enrich her boring bourgeoise life


Greek god of love and sexual desire

George Grosz

German expressionst painter; known for his caricature like drawings od Berlin life


German for handyman

historical piquancy

fitting, suitable, or justifiable because of Afrikaaners's history of oppression of Africans; poetic justice


one of the three canticas of Dante's Divine Comedy


Cape Malay accent of Afrikaans


passenger van

Land Affairs grant

government assistance program that made it possible for more people to own land in South Africa


river of forgetfulness in Greek mythology


German for resolution, name Bev and Lurie use for the process of putting the dog's to sleep.

Luxe et volupte

luxury and pleasure

omnis gens quaecumque se in se perficere vult

The meaning of this quotation has been a source of debate among Latin sholars. See http://omega.cohums.ohio-state.edu/mailing_lists/CLA-L/2000/06/0241.php


Christian theologian and philosopher; an idealist who disregarded material things and castrated himself


emergency contraception pill


common name in ancient Roman times; from Latin word meaning Rock


well-known boxer in Greek mythology, twin brother of Castor (a great horseman)

Rape of the Sabine Women

1635 painting by Nicholas Poussin, based on classical myth about the founding of Rome: Romans needed women for their city to flourish and raided a nearby town forcing the women to marry them


German word meaning to delight in the misfortune of others

Sunt lacrimae rerum, et mentem mortalia tangunt

Latin for "These are the tears of things, and our mortality cuts to the heart;" lines grom Virgil's Aeneid as Aeneas recognizes the cost of war


the range of a melody or vocal piece

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens' final novel whose ending was not finished by the time he died.

vedi l'anime di color cui vinse l'ira

Italian "now see the souls of those whom anger has defeated"

William Blake

Romantic poet of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience; also illustrated famous works such as Dante's Inferno and Milton's[Paradise Lost]